I have had the distinct honor of being an editorial cartoonist for the past 30 years. What a ride!
I start each day by reading a number of newspapers, web sites and blogs while watching the news on the TV in my office. Once I have a short list of possible topics for the day, I begin to try to generate actual cartoon ideas. The ideas can come instantly or take hours and hours to conceive. They usually take hours and hours!!!
Once I finally get some ideas, I show several rough sketches to my editor and we agree on a cartoon for the next day’s paper. I then post my rough sketch on my blog, face book, web page and twitter and begin to draw today’s ‘toon for tomorrow’s paper,
I stay one day ahead. On Monday I’m doing Tuesday’s cartoon and so on until Friday when I do 2 cartoons — for Sunday and Monday.
The actual drawings can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours depending on the level of difficulty. After the pen and ink drawing is completed, I scan the cartoon into my computer and begin coloring it in Photoshop. The entire process takes about eight hours. Then I get up the next day and do it all over again!
People often ask—“Where do you get your ideas?”
A simple look at any newspaper, TV news show or web site will reveal the answer. “They did what?” “That cost HOW much?” He said that to them???!!!” There is no shortage of outrageous and ridicules things people do. I am just fortunate enough to be there, pen in hand; ready to poke the latest offended in the ribs! What a distinct honor.
Enjoy the toons— Walt Handelsman